ArchiTexas is Mark Scruggs, Craig Melde, and Gary Skotnicki: three Dallas-born, UT-educated architects devoted to historic preservation, urban design, and innovative planning. They are not a traditional architectural firm. They are, in Skotnicki’s words, “a more cerebral organization.” In June, 500 Exposition Gallery will present an installation-collage by ArchiTexas.
The fashion for architectural drawings is on the rise, but the exhibit will not be simply a series of well-framed renderings. The 80-square-foot collage will incorporate drawings, maps, photographs, and printed media.
Through the collage, ArchiTexas intends to present not only a picture of historical Dallas, but also its firm’s response to the issues shaping the city’s future.
Collage by ArchiTexas will be housed in one of the two small-project rooms, which are usually devoted to environmental, conceptual, or otherwise unsalable art. However, this placement is by no means an act of condescension by the gallery; 500 is committed to presenting the best work by local artists, and to providing a forum for quality work that might not otherwise be shown in Dallas.
Collage by ArchiTexas will be exhibited, along with Keith Ferris’ works, June 20-July 18 at 500 Exposition Gallery, 500 Exposition Blvd. Tue-Sat 11-5. 828-1111.
– Marshall Williamson
MUSIC IN THE AIR
If it’s summer, it must be time for Starfest. The DSO’s spectacularly popular outdoor series at EDS kicks off on June 20, with Dionne Warwick, followed the next night by the first of the Sunday night classical programs.
Sarah Caldwell conducts the DSO in an all-Tchaikovsky evening, including Symphony No. 4, the 1812 Overture, and, with Lorin Hollander, Piano Concerto No. 1 (June 21).
The pops format returns on Friday, June 26, with Glen Campbell; and the DSO presents the disco sound of Gladys Knight and the Pips on Saturday, June 27.
Sunday, June 28, is a “Beethoven Special”: the Orchestra plays the overture and march from The Ruins of Athens and the first movement of the Fifth Symphony, the last movement of the Ninth Symphony (with bass Donnie Ray Albert, soprano Barbara Moore, alto Mary Brandejsky, tenor Roger Bryant, and the DSO Chorus), and one of the piano concertos with Leonard Pennario. Electronic Data Systems grounds, 7171 Forest Ln. Tickets $9 at the gate. 692-0203. – Willem Brans
No one wants to drive to Farmers Branch to see foreign films. Or so it would seem, based on Theatres West’s Showcase Cinema. After a year of fine films and poor audiences, the management is calling it quits on the Josey Lane location and moving to the much more desirable (not to mention accessible) Inwood Theatre right in the heart of Miracle Mile.
The schedule at the Inwood will include both first-run foreign films and, on a second screen built into the balcony, a repertory cinema catering to as many cinematic tastes as possible. A typical repertory week might involve a favorite American classic, a foreign classic, a more recent blockbuster (to show off the new sound system and 70mm projector), and various weeknights devoted to individual directors, stars, or genres. I’m fantasizing now, but one week could include Children of Paradise, The Wild Bunch, Rebecca, Hair, and Death Race 2000.
If put together right, the In-wood could become the most interesting movie house in town. And don’t worry about what might happen to the building. The Inwood burned several months ago, but Theatres West intends to clear away the smoke damage and restore the murals and furnishings to their original splendor.
The Inwood will open June 1, so call, go by, or write them a letter if you want to get on their mailing list. Inwood Theatre, 5458 Lovers Lane at Inwood. 352-6040.
Chandler on Film. When most people think of Philip Marlowe, they think of Humphrey Bogart and The Big Sleep. Raymond Chandler, who wrote The Big Sleep, developed Marlowe through a series of eight novels, almost all of which have made it to the screen at least once, starring actors as unlike Bogart as Dick Powell and Elliott Gould. The University of Texas at Dallas opens its summer film series with a double bill of Marlowe thrillers, Murder My Sweet and The Brasher Dubloon, on June 3 at 7:30 and 9:30 pm at the Founders North Auditorium, UTD campus. Tickets $2, $1 under 18 and over 65, 50￠ for UTD students with ID. For information on other summer films, call 690-2945.
Home Movies. Undaunted by his periodic commercial success, Brian De Palma continues to make some of the oddest films in Hollywood history. His 1980 feature Home Movies is a good example. His films often appear to be posing as thrillers; this one is billed as a comedy The plot involves a man whose commitment to good health borders on neo-Nazism; his fiancee, an ex-call girl who is the emotional slave of her bunny rabbit puppet; and, most importantly, the younger brother who is learning-via Kirk Douglas in the role of The Maestro-the art of filmmaking as a form of pop psychology. Self-indulgent? You bet it is. Worth seeing? Any De Palma film is worth seeing. He makes making movies appear to be a perfectly normal way to behave. Home Movies premieres in Dallas June 8 & 9 at 7:30 & 9:15 pm at the Granada Theatre, 3527 Greenville. Tickets $3.50. 823-9610.
Mickey and Judy. “Hey, kids! Let’s put on a show!” If those lines were ever actually spoken, it was probably in one of the six Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland musicals that the USA Film Festival is showing this summer. Two films will show in June: In Love Finds Andy Hardy, June 19 & 20, Judy gets a run for her money when Lana Turner shows up and teaches Mickey one or two things about kissing. On June 26 & 27, Babes in Arms-all the kids actually get together and put on a show Features are at 7 & 9 pm in the Bob Hope Theatre, SMU campus. Tickets $3 general admission, $2.50 students, senior citizens, and groups of 10 or more. 692-2979.
Senior Power. Summer is here, and once again downtown workers are faced with the dilemma of deciding where to eat their sack lunches while remaining in cool, air-conditioned comfort. Try the Dallas Public Library. It shows free movies every Wednesday, brown baggers are welcomed, and you’ll be back in the office within the hour. A variety of short documentaries, live action, and animated films, each month focusing on a particular theme, are shown. The theme for June is “Senior Power;” the films are every Wednesday at 12:10 pm at the Dallas Public Library, 1954 Commerce. For more information, call 748-9071, ex 356.
Children of a Lesser God. Probably the best play yet by Mark Medoff, whose earlier works include When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? and The Fire-keeper. This one is about a spirited young deaf woman, and Medoff has seen into her world so sympathetically that he persuades us she is right in refusing to learn to speak. The cast includes deaf actors in the relevant parts, and the production was directed by Medoff. Through June 20 at Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek. Tues-Thurs at 8 pm, Weds at 1 30 pm (3rd & 4th weeks). Fris at 8:30 pm, Sats at 5 & 8:30 pm. Tickets $6 Wed matinees: $7.25 Tue-Thur matinees; $9 50 Fris & Sats. 526-8857.
The Elephant Man. Most of our local theaters still have the provincial habit of fighting tooth and claw with each other for the rights to recent Broadway successes that they would have paid little attention to otherwise. In other words, we’re probably seeing this play in large part because of its name value (and because of the success of the film on the same sub-ject). Fortunately it’s also a fine play, written by Ber-nard Pomerance about an actual historical charac-ter, enormously deformed but strong in mind and in spirit. The title role is a fabulous showpiece. Charles Howard will direct the production. June 2-July 4 at Theatre Three. The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Tues-Thurs at 8 pm, Fris & Sats at 8:30 pm, Suns at 2:30 & 7 pm. Tickets $6.75 Sun matinees; $5.75 Tues & Suns: $8.75 Fris & Sats. 748-5191.
Guys and Dolls. The rules by which most musicals are created seem designed to ensure that only very young girls or very old men can enjoy them. This show is an exception. Abe Burrows’ book, (based on stories by Damon Runyon) and Frank Loesser’s songs (based on a good sense of dramatic effec-tiveness) somehow serve one another as in an ideal marriage. Nathan Detroit, the part-time lover and full-time gambler, is a veritable archetype, and the songs will stick with you through a whole season of the usual musical schlock and dreck. How the Dal-las Repertory Theatre will manage to squeeze this large-scale show onto its small-scale stage remains to be seen, but the DRT has accomplished similar feats in the past, most recently in its infectious stag-ing of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience last year. June 24-July 26 at Dallas Repertory Theatre, NorthPark. Weds-Sats at 8:15 pm, Suns at 3 pm. Tickets $5 Weds, Thurs, & Suns, $4 students & over 65; $5 50 Fris & Sats, $4.50 students & over 65. 369-8966.
Loose Ends. Michael Weller. who surveyed the Sixties generation in his play Moonchildren and in his script for the film version of Hair, steps forward a decade in this play. From their casual meeting in 1970 to their strained post-divorce get-together in 1979, the man and woman who are Weller’s central characters go through a series of struggles to balance the demands of their independent careers with the demands of their relationship. The ideals of the Sixties have proved useless to them, and the ideals of the Seventies-professional success and personal satisfaction-show signs of being just as illusory. This probably won’t come as news to many people, the virtue of the play is not in wresting any new insights from the familiar pattern of its characters’ lives, but simply in dramatizing it clearly and with a fair amount of force. It’s a moving, and, in one scene, almost painful, play. June 12-July 25 at the New Arts Theatre Company, 702 Ross Ave at Market. Tues-Fris at 8 pm, Sats at 8:30 pm, Suns at 2:30 pm. Tickets $5.50 Tues-Thurs & Suns; $7.50 Fris & Sats. 761-9064.
Red, Hot, and Cole. The old Manhattan Clearing House organization, which produced some noteworthy theater and dance events in a location near Fair Park a few years ago but then dropped from sight, has returned. It’s been entirely reorganized under the direction of Kjehl Rasmussen. One of its activities (to date unpublicized) has been operating the Greenville Avenue Theatre. So far, Manhattan Clearing House has been content to host other groups in its performing space, most notably Stage No.1, but with Red, Hot, and Cole, the new Manhattan organization launches a production of its own. Rasmussen will direct the show, a Cole Porter revue; and Patty Harrington of Dancers Unlimited will choreograph June 3-July 4 at the Greenville Avenue Theatre, 2914 Greenville. Weds-Sats at 8 pm. Tickets $6, $4 students. 823-3670
The World of Gilbert and Sullivan. Dallas has long needed some sort of Gilbert and Sullivan society. We still don’t have one, but now there is an organization that can be counted on at least to remind us now and then of what we’re missing, and to fill in some other gaps as well in the city’s musical theatre spectrum. John Burrows, a recent addition to the SMU Meadows School of the Arts faculty, is undertaking an ambitious reshaping of the school’s opera program. To judge from the first production by his Music Theatre Company this spring-Gilbert and Sullivan’s Rud-digore-Burrows intends to emphasize theater just as much as music in his training. The program this month includes a symposium and a fully staged andcostumed production of highlights from the Savoy operas, with a number of guest artists and specialists from New York and England working alongside selected students. The symposium is June 8-12. Performances are June 17-28 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Fine Arts Center, SMU. Weds-Sats at 8:15 pm; Sats & Suns at 2:15 pm. Tickets $8. For more information, call 692-2839
Dallas Public Library. Pack a lunch and head for the downtown library to cool off and hear some marvelous live entertainment. Since it started, this noontime “brown-bag ” series of programs has drawn a steadily growing walk-in audience. Some of the programming is borderline professional, but most of it’s enjoyable, and the variety speaks to many tastes. Totlyn Jackson, sings Jamaican folk songs, jazz, and blues on June 2. On June 9, classical guitarist Tad Geisler plays guitar selections ranging from the 16th century to modern composers. In a tribute to black music month, Robin Sullivan and Alex Moore, two blues musicians, perform June 23. Marcia Henderson sings everything from gospel to opera on June 30. All programs at 12:10 pm at Central Dallas Public Library, 1954 Commerce St. Free. 748-9071, ex 249.
Dallas Summer Musicals. Each year, for the better part of the summer, the Fair Park Music Hall turns into a Broadway theater. As on Broadway these days, that means revivals of nostalgia-laden hits, an enormous sound system, and stars sometimes more familiar from TV than for their stage work. But when all the ingredients blend-the tunes, lyrics, casting, choreography, decor-the experience of a Broadway musical at its best is pure enjoyment. This year the Dallas Summer Musicals present five toe-tapping, hummable shows, each running two weeks, starting with the biggest, most irresistible hit of all, My Fair Lady (June 2-14) with Edward Mulhare and Anne Rogers. Next is George M! (June 16-28), the musical tribute to the legendary George M. Cohan and a tuneful setting for such standards as “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and “Over There.” The surprise star of George M! is Ken Berry, well-known as a TV yokel (F Troop; May-berry R.F.D.) but also a seasoned road-show trouper. Neil Simon’s They’re Playing Our Song plays from June 30 to July 12. Based loosely on the romance and collaboration between its actual composer, Marvin Hamlisch, and lyricist. Carole Bayer Sager, the show has enjoyed full houses on Broadway for two years. Lorna Luft (Judy Garland’s daughter) stars. Fair Park Music Hall. Tues-Sats at 8:15 pm; Sat & Sun matinees at 2:30 pm. Tickets $21-$14. 691-7200.
DeGolyer Estate Promenade Concerts. Part hacienda, part Mediterranean villa, part English country manor, the DeGolyer Estate is Dallas’ most breathtakingly beautiful outdoor performing site. It was built in 1939 by petroleum geologist Everett DeGolyer with a gorgeous view of White Rock Lake, and the city opened the mansion and grounds to the public in 1979. Since then, a variety of performers have played to growing audiences in the various gardens, lawns, and verandas. The June Promenade Concerts start with the Turtle Creek Chorale (June 7), a group of 95 men singing show tunes. The Dallas Chamber Singers perform melodious Renaissance madrigals on June 14, followed on June 21 by Current, a hard-driving fusion jazz band headed by Phil Snedecor. June 28 closes the season of Sunday evening programs with the Texas Baroque Ensemble, a Dallas group that plays Vivaldi, Couperin, Telemann, and Bach on authentic baroque instruments. 8525 Garland Rd. All programs start at 6 pm. Free. 324-1401.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The FWS salutes the Chisholm Trail Festival, Cowtown’s annual three-day Western blowout. The pops concert features c/w great Ray Price with the orchestra at an unusual location: Billy Bob’s Texas, now reputedly the world’s largest nightclub. Should be a hoot. June 12 at 8pm at 2420 N Commerce, Fort Worth. Tickets $10. 429-1181.
University of Texas at Dallas. The tilth annual String Institute begins June 1 at UTD; and while the 20-day workshop is aimed mainly at benefiting aspiring string and piano students, some spin-off performances should also delight the general public. The institute brings in a high-powered guest faculty including Eduardo Mata, Chris Tiemeyer, and a multitude of DSO principal players, as well as pianist Tedd Joselson, cellist Lev Aronson, composer Robert X. Rodriguez, and the American String Quartet. Several virtuoso recitals will be well worth hearing: A recital by violinist Robert Davidici and pianist Jean Mainous, June 5 at 8 pm; and the American String Quartet, June 9 at 8 pm. A special feature is the “Only Mozart Week,” for which there will be a performance of the Missa Brevis at the Church of the Transfiguration, June 14 at 7 pm, and recitals by the Dallas Symphony Woodwind Octet, June 16 at 8 pm, and by Eduardo Mata and chamber virtuosi ensemble, June 18 (time to be announced). UTD campus, Richardson. Free. 690-2204.
Andrew’s. Folksingers and specialty drinks in an exposed brick/wood ambiance-for those who like this sort of place, as Miss Jean Brodie would say, this is the sort of place they like. As for the food, stick to basic burgers and salads. Anything fancier, including the once fabled crab sandwich, is a mistake. (3301 McKinney. 521-6535. Daily 11:15am-1:30am. Happy hour daily until 7. AE, DC, MC, V.)
Bagatelle. One of the best places for jazz listening, it’s also a dimly lighted club with comfortable seating and music that doesn’t interfere with conversation. Tuesday and Wednesday nights Phyllis Ames performs from 9-12. Thursday through Saturday nights feature the Paul Guerrero Jazz Quartet and Debra Smith 9-1:30. (4925 Greenville. 692-8224. Mon-Thur 11:30 am-1 am, Fri & Sal till 2 am, Sun 12:30pm-2:30pm & 6pm-7 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4:30-7. All credit cards.)
Balboa Cafe. This cafe calls itself Dallas’ second fern bar, meaning it’s like the San Francisco Rose -lots of glass, greenery, and couches. The sandwiches are fair, and there’s a reasonably good selection of imported beer. But the place is noisy and service is sometimes slow. (3604 Oak Lawn. 521-1068. Daily 11 am-2 am. MC, V, AE.) Balboa Cafe Greenville is even cozier and has a little more stylish clientele. (7015 Greenville. 369-7027. Daily 11 am-2 am, Happy hour Sun-Thur 4-7, daily mid-night-2am. MC, V, AE.)
Bamboo. “Much like the islands in the off season,” says the menu. What this translates to is the feeling of a large Fifties-style rec room-a deserted one, if you’re here for lunch. At night, live music and the de rigueur eclectic jukebox make for a livelier atmosphere. The menu also proclaims, “All this without the presence of stained glass, pews, or ferns.” (3718 Hall at Oak Lawn. 526-9391. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat 6 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. Closed Sun. MC, V.)
Bar Tejas. Yet another entry in the sudden emergence of the Lower Greenville Avenue phenomenon, with a Moroccan tile exterior and a classic interior reminiscent of Havana in the Thirties. The menu, however, has an Italian thrust, featuring provolone burgers, ravioli, and an enormous Italian sausage sandwich. The personality of Tom Garrison’s latest enterprise is especially effective on an overcast afternoon. (2100 Greenville. 828-2131. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun noon-2 am. Happy hour daily 4-7. No credit cards.)
Belle Starr. Using the 19th-century lady outlaw as its motif, this c/w dance hall (formerly the Bovarian Steakhouse) has become a popular hangout for cowboys and cowgirls with its spacious dance floor and comfortable furnishings. Rick and Dee Hooper and the R & D Express perform Tuesday through Saturday. The Roy Clayton Band entertains Sunday and Monday. Free dance lessons Sunday 1-8. Cover on weekends. (7724 N Central near Southwestern. 750-4787. Tue-Sat 7 pm-2 am, Sun 4 pm-2 am. Closed Mon. AE, MC. DC, V.)
Biff’s. Biff’s belongs in the middle of an eight-foot snowbank with a fire blazing in its fireplace, icicles clinging to the windowsills, and red-faced people bustling about in fur-lined parkas and aprés-ski boots. But even if you aren’t at home on the slopes, you’ll love Biff’s. Ignore the mingling singles at the bar and concentrate on Biff’s burgers, nachos, and good, stiff drinks. (7402 Greenville. 696-1952. Daily 11:30 am-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4- 7. AE, MC, V.)Cactus Bar and Grill. An old West cattle drive-inspired atmosphere draws lots of would-be cowboys craving Texas-size burgers and fries, but the primary attention-getter is a happy hour twist called “Beat the Clock.” On Tuesdays, between 3 and 8, drink prices increase 10￠ an hour, starting at 30￠. Quickly becoming an SMU favorite. (5472 E Mockingbird. 821-0621. Mon-Wed 11am-10pm, Thur-Sat 11-11, Sun 4-10. Happy hour daily 3-7. All credit cards.)
Cardinal Puff’s. The atmosphere is as calming as a 15-minute sauna. The wooden deck outside is perfect for sipping margaritas and basking in the sunshine (when the weather permits), and the cozy fireplace nestled among the plants inside is just as soothing. The problem is that at Puff’s you really pay for what you’re getting; although the food and drinks are way above average, they’re overpriced. (4615 Greenville. 369-1969. Daily 4 prn-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. MC, V.)
Chelsea Corner. A low-key, collegiate version of Andrew’s, with woodsy decor, folksingers, and specialty drinks. There are, however, quiet corners to escape to. (4830 McKinney. 526-9327. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat & Sun noon-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 11:30-7. AE, MC, DC, V.)
Cowboy. This is no place for the closet claustrophobic-hundreds of rhinestone cowboys lookin’ for love swarm here like bees to honey. Consequently, breathing room (much less dancing room) is almost impossible to find, and mingling-desired or otherwise-is inevitable. Expect long lines outside, too. Ladies’ first drink is always free. (5208 Greenville. 369-6969. Nightly 7 pm-2 am. MC, V, AE, DC.) Diamond Jim’s, another raucous cowboy disco, less fancy, but equally as much fun. $2 cover on weekends. (5601 Greenville. 691-2411. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am. Sat & Sun 7 pm-2 am. MC, V, AE.)
Cowgirl. With a decor that hovers between high tech and cowboy kitsch, Cowgirl caters mostly to hotel guests, but on weekends locals arrive to dance to disc jockey country and disco music, or play at one of the numerous backgammon tables. This is a perfect spot for traveling businessmen laid over at nearby Love Field who want to see an ersatz Cowboys cheerleader serving drinks. (Regent Hotel at Mockingbird and Stemmons. 630-7000. Mon-Fri 4 pm-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. Private club with $5 yearly membership tee except for hotel guests. All credit cards.)
The Den. Located in the Stoneleigh Hotel, this is the essence of a bar: very small, very dark, and very red. (2927 Maple Ave. 742-7111. Mon-Fri 11 am-mid-night. Happy hour all day Mon-Fri. All credit cards.)
Eight-O. Prime grazing land lor semi-sophisticates and would-be Bohemians. The clientele ranges from chic to occasionally rowdy, and regulars insist the all-purpose jukebox is the best in Dallas. Menu items include chick-on-a-stick and highly rated hamburgers. (The Quadrangle. 2800 Routh, Suite 125. 741-0817. Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2 am. Sun 11:30 am-mid-night. Happy hour daily 4-8. MC, AE, V.)
élan. Still the classiest of the Dallas discos-where chic sophisticates boogie and play backgammon with members of their own set. Two dance floors are set in a posh, modern decor and are backed up with a top-notch sound system. Surprisingly good food and a Sunday brunch. Happy hour buffet features a lavish spread. Daily lunch buffet open to the public, but membership required at night. (5111 Greenville. 692-9855. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 2-7. Sun brunch 11-2. AE, DC, MC. V.)
Four Seasons Ballroom. Big-band music for ballroom dancing. A strict dress code is enforced- dresses for the ladies and coats and ties for the gentlemen. Only setups, beer, and soft drinks are served, except on Fridays when food is available. Cover varies, but free dance lessons. (4930 Military Parkway. 349-0390 or 381-9072. Wed 8:45-12:15 pm & Fri 9-12:30 pm.)
Gordo’s. Dark, with jukebox selectors at the red leatherette booths. Gordo’s is at its best during football season, when it’s a comfortable and low-key place to have above-average pizza and burgers and watch the game. (4528 Cole. 521-3813. Sun 11 am-10pm, Mon-Thur 11 am-11 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am-midnight. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-6. MC, V, AE.)
The Grape. Few wine bar/bistros can match The Grape lor atmosphere-a kind of hole-in-the-wall chic-or for food. The wine list gets longer and more ambitious all the time. (2808 Greenville at Goodwin. 823-0133. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11 am-2 pm, Dinner: Sun-Thur 6-11 pm, Fri & Sat 6 pm-1 am. AE, V.)
Greenville Avenue Country Club. The old Vagabond Club resurrected, with the backyard swimming pool still the main attraction. Part of the new wave of Dallas restaurant/bars (Lakewood Yacht Club. Balboa Cafe), the GACC has the usual chicken-fried menu and good drinks for East Dallas loyalists. Swimming encouraged. (3619 Greenville. 826-5650. Daily 11 am-2 pm. AE, MC, V.)
Greenville Bar & Grill. “Dallas’ oldest bar. ” has a browsing rack adjacent to the bar, live music on special party nights, and silver dollar-sized Formica tables in place of the cozy Naugahyde booths that once lined the walls. Hal Baker and the Gloom-chasers deliver the hottest Dixieland jazz in town every Sunday and Thursday night ($2 cover). Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday saxophone player Sam Jordan and pianist Lionel Davis play great duets and solos from 9-1. Burgers and red beans and rice are offered. (2821 Greenville. 823-6691. Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2 am. Sun noon-2 am. Kitchen open till 1 am daily, closes at midnight on Sun. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. AE.)
Tne Hop. This small, friendly pub has the best munchies in Fort Worth-fried okra and eggplant, for example. The crowd is a happy amalgamation of college students and families. Live music most nights starting around 9. Willis Alan Ramsey and Steve Fromholz are among those who play here with some regularity. Cover after 9 when there is live music. (2905 W Berry, Fort Worth. (817) 923-7281. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun 4 pm-1 am. Happy hour daily 2-7, all day Wed. MC. V, AE.)
Joe Miller’s. The media people bar. and a great gathering spot for regulars. The smallness and plainness of the bar are offset by Miller’s personality, as well as by his stiff drinks. (3531 McKinney. 521-2261. Mon-Fri noon-2 am. AE, MC, V.)
Knox Street Pub. An apparent favorite of young professionals, this nostalgic pub features excellent food and a terrific jukebox. (3230 Knox. 526-9476. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Closed Sun. No credit cards.)
Lakewood Yacht Club. In this neighborhood bar, scores of press photos decorate the walls from eye level all the way up to the incredibly high ceiling. Home-cooked potato chips, really comfortable chairs, a well-stocked jukebox, and an interesting clientele. (2009 Abrams. 824-1390. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat & Sun noon-2 am. AE, MC. V.)
Les Saisons. A captivating cityscape of downtown Dallas and the even more captivating jazz vocals of Jeannie Maxwell make this bar special. You can gather around the cozy fireplace, listen to Maxwell’s raspy voice, and have enough quiet to carry on a conversation. Cheery, classy decor-like a French garden room. Maxwell starts singing at 8:30 on weekdays, 9 on Saturday. (165 Turtle Creek Village. 528-6653 Daily 11:30 am-12:30 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. All credit cards.)
The Library. This bar/restaurant in the spruced-up old Melrose Motel achieves the understated tasteful-ness for which most motif bars strive. The small bar area is richly appointed in brass, leather, and, of course, books; it’s comfortable, blessedly quiet, the drinks are excellent, and the service is unobtrusive. (3015 Oak Lawn. 521-5151. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-mid-night, Sat 5:30 pm-midnight. Closed Sun. All credit cards.)
Lillie Langtry’s Saloon. Antlers on the wall, portraits of actress Langtry, and an informal clientele are aspects of this small, rustic club. More important are the entertainers, who have recently included talented locals like John DeFoore and Tim Holiday (who call themselves Stumpbroke) and guitarist Delbert Pullen. Nachos and sandwiches served. No cover. (6932 Greenville. 368-6367. Daily noon-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7, Sat & Sun noon-7. AE, MC, V.)
Longhorn Ballroom. Built by Bob Wills in 1950 and later leased by Jack Ruby, the historic Longhorn is Dallas’ definitive c/w dance hall. Here, real and affected cowboys two-step on a roller rink-sized dance floor framed by cactus pillars. Owner Dewey Groom fronts the Longhorn Band nightly and on weekends warms up for big-name acts. Free c/w dance lessons Wednesday and Thursday nights. Cover varies. Setups available. (216 Corinth at Industrial. 428-3128. Wed & Thur 7 pm-midnight, Fri & Sat 7 pm-2 am, Sun 3 pm-midnight. All credit cards.)
Madison’s. Slick, popular North Dallas bar with trendy clientele and tasteful setting. Excellent copy bands do precision versions of Steely Dan, et al. (8141 Walnut Hill Ln. 361-0644. Daily 5 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-7. AE, MC. V.)
The Mirage. For non-hotel guests, the setting of this comfortable lobby piano bar is what makes it worth a trip: The Atrium II of Loew’s Anatole, with its 100-foot-long banners draping from 14 stories, is spectacular. Judy Moore plays pop tunes on the baby grand nightly 5-11:30. (Loews Anatole, 2201 Stemmons. 748-1200. Mon-Sat 11 am 2 am, Sun noon-2 am. All credit cards.)
NFL. One of the friendliest bars in town, the NFL (Nick Farrelley’s Lounge) is a hangout for Irish people. Come here in a rowdy mood-especially on Friday nights when Irish Texans tune up with old Irish folk songs. Dancing, darts, and shuffleboard are available for the restless. $2 cover Fridays. (3520 Oak Lawn. 559-4890. Mon-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 6 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. No credit cards.)
Nick’s Uptown. Nick’s follows in the tradition of a true nightclub: one enormous smoke-filled room dotted with tables, a raised stage in one corner, and a bar running practically the length of the room on the opposite side. The club offers a good cross section of music; it is one of the few spots in Dallas to hear well-known Austin bands on a regular basis. Nick’s also books musicians like Ray Wylie Hubbard and Delbert McClinton (3606 Greenville. 827-4802. Mon-Sun 8 pm-2 am. AE, MC, V.)
Papagayo. No wet T-shirt contests here, just pure, stylish big-city disco. Cavernous showplace with awesome sound and light show. Packed dance floor doesn’t allow Travolta imitators their usual gymnastics, which is probably just as well. Live music Tuesday through Thursday. $3 cover on weekends. (8796 N Central. 692-5412. Tue-Thur 8 pm-2 am, Fri & Sat open till 4 am. Free drinks daily 8-9 pm. AE, MC, V.)
Papillon. Interesting seating slightly above the dance floor lets you ignore the Beautiful People if you wish: usually quiet, with touch-dancing music late in the evening. (7940 N Central. 691-7455. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat & Sun 6 pm-2 am. All credit cards.)
Riaf’s. An atrium bar with high ceilings and huge plants. The menu offers basic salads, quiche, hamburgers, but be sure to try the homemade French fries. (4527 Travis at Knox. 526-3730. Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2 am, Sun noon-midnight. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7 & 11 pm till last call. Kitchen open till 1 am. DC, MC, V, AE.)
Playboy Club. Take your pick of three rooms attended by-what else-cottontailed bunnies: a spacious disco, a subdued lounge offering quiet music Thursday through Saturday, and a dinner/ show room with top-name comedy and music acts. Private membership required. (6116 N Central. 363-3800. Buffet daily 11:30-2:30 and 7-11 on weekends. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat & Sun 5 pm-2 am. All credit cards.)
Poor David’s Pub. Small, dark, and informal, PD’s has a variety of entertainers like ex-Bees Knees guitarist Anson Funderburgh and his Rockets, a talented, no-nonsense blues band. Good sandwiches available. Cover varies. (2900 McKinney. 821-9891. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri till 7. Closed Sun & Tue. Kitchen open till 1 am. No credit cards.)
Popsicle Toes. Taking its name from a Michael Franks tune, this club’s not long on atmosphere or comfort, but has presented a diversity of local jazz. The house band is the funk/jazz unit Buster Brown (Tuesday through Saturday), and on Sunday there’s big-band jazz with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. Cover varies, no cover on Tuesdays. (5627 Dyer. 368-9706. Tue-Sun 8 pm-2 am. Closed Mon. TGIF Fri 4:30-7:30. MC, V.)
The Quiet Man. One of the few surviving Sixties quiet places, the small beer garden is a great place to talk-except during rush hour on Knox Street. (3120 Knox. 526-6180. Tue-Thur noon-midnight, Fri & Sat noon-2 am, Sun & Mon 4 pm-midnight. No credit cards.)
Railhead. It’s a shame this bar is so shoddy, because the entertainment is often good: primarily comics and popular music copy artists. No cover means huge crowds. Stick to basic drinks or brews: The house wine is truly bad, and the bar can’t seem to handle anything tricky. (6919 Twin Hills. 369-8700. Daily 5 pm-1 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-7. Three shows nightly. All credit cards.)
San Francisco Rose. A bright, laid-back place, adorned with greenery, a few couches, and wingback chairs. Salads, sandwiches, and soups are all pretty ordinary; but as a bar, it’s an appealing place, particularly on a dreary day. (3024 Greenville. 826-2020. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun noon-2 am. AE, MC, V.)
St. Martin’s. Small, candle-lit, and soothing-as wine bars should be (and too many aren’t). St. Martin’s has made a conscious effort to put a ceiling on wine prices to encourage experimentation. If the result is a wine list composed of lesser vintages, the food alone is still worth a visit: The ham and Swiss sandwich is a perfect foil for a glass of red. (3020 Greenville. 826-0940. Sun & Mon 5-11, Tue-Thur 11-11, Fri & Sat 11 am-1 am. AE, MC, CB. V.)
6051 Club. 6051 Club is really just an oversized living room furnished with the kind of tables and chairs your grandmother called her “dinette set ’ Some of Dallas’ foremost jazz musicians gather on the crowded stage to play their renditions of classics mixed with their own material. Only one drawback: If you arrive after the first set on weekends, it’s standing room only in the bar. (6051 forest Ln. 661-3393. Mon-Fri 4 pm- 2 am, Sat & Sun 8 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-6:30. MC, V.)
Strictly Ta-Bu. Eclectic describes this comfortable bar/restaurant. The consistently decent jazz ranges from fusion to Forties swing, the crowd is a mix of mature professionals and high school seniors, and the decor vintage art moderno. A separate eating area offers outstanding but small pizzas along with other Italian dishes. Cover on weekends. (4111 Lomo Alto. 526-9325. Mon-Thur 11 am-2 30 pm & 5 pm-midnight, Fri 11 am-2:30pm & 5 pm-1 am, Sat 11 am-2:30pm & 5 pm-1 am. Sun 6pm-midnight. MC, V.)
Texas Tea House. A get-down country place, with dancing to H.B. Hatfield and Company in the beer garden outside. Cover varies. Beer and wine only. (3402 Kings Rd. 526-9171 Tue-Sat 8 pm-2 am. No credit cards.)
Top of the Dome. The only bar in town with several views of the Dallas skyline. Nightly entertainment. Annoying $1.50 charge for elevator ride has been dropped for club-goers. (Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion. 651-1234. Mon-Sat 2pm-1:30am. Sun 11:30 am-1:30 am. All credit cards.)
Venetian Room. A fancy and expensive mock-up of the Doge’s Palace, this supper club attracts couples who appreciate the semi-formal dress requirements and who like to fox-trot to an orchestra before the show. The cover is usually $10 and up a head and worth it only when you know the performer gives a dynamite show. (Fairmont Hotel, Ross & Akard. 748-5454. Mon-Sat 7 pm-1 am. Shows Mon-Thur 8:30 & 11, Fri & Sat 9 & 11:30. AE, DC, MC. V.)
Whiskey River. A rowdy honky-tonk of a place. Top-notch entertainment ranging from c/w to Sixties rock and roll seldom fails to keep the crowds goin’ and the long necks flowin’. Cover varies. (5421 Greenville. 369-9221. Nightly 8 pm-2 am. AE, MC, V.)
The White Elephant. Located in the revived Stockyards District in Fort Worth, this place looks like what all non-Texans think real Texas bars should look like-lots of rough wood, a long bar, and a clientele occasionally decked out in western attire. Entertainment varies. (106 E Exchange, Fort Worth. (817) 624-1887. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Closed Sun. MC, AE, V.)
The Wine Press. The Wine Press boasts an array of both California and imported wines at legitimate prices (legitimate considering what most places do with wine prices). The blackboard offers daily by-the-glass selections, occasionally studded with gems. And unlike many wine bars, The Wine Press also serves a full range of cocktails. (4217 Oak Lawn. 522-8720. Daily 11 am-2 am. No reservations. MC, V, AE.)
Barton Lidice Benés is a post-conceptualist who creates in the nontraditional but object-oriented forms of mail art, rubber stamp art, book art, etc. In less formidable terms. Benés transforms diversion into art. He makes neat, precise objects that demonstrate both his fascination with stuff and his unfailing sense of design. He also has a tendency to reveal the private lives of his friends and especially of his Aunt Evelyn, whose letters he has published in 125 volumes. Benés says of his work, “It’s not easy to sell because people want to do it. not buy it.” May 31-June 30 at Carol Taylor Art, 2508 Cedar Springs. Tue-Sat 10-5. 745-1923.
Cartography. The making of maps possesses an undeniable fascination. Old maps are the relics of an age when “going where no man has gone before” did not involve leaving the earth’s atmosphere. Maps bring out the armchair explorer in us all. “Crossroads of Empire: Early Maps of Texas and the Southwest, 1513-1900,” is an exhibition of maps that played a key part in the exploration and settlement of the Southwest. Produced in cooperation with the Cartographic History Library of UTA, the exhibit runs June 12-July 26 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5:30. (817) 738-1933.
Phillip Maberry has exhibited ceramics and sculpture works in the Dallas area, but he also works with fabric and paper. Although his work is distinguished by the craftsmanship of each object, Ma-berry is also interested in the broader areas of design. June 13-July 15, he will create an installation for Delahunty’s upstairs gallery; the same show will feature new paintings by Houston artist Robin Utter-back downstairs at Delahunty Gallery. 2611 Cedar Springs. Tue-Sat 11-5. 744-1346.
William B. Montgomery paints paintings within paintings of the people next door caught at those moments when they are apparently untroubled by their occasional dinosaur heads or mermaid fins. He interjects his formal concerns with outrageous comedy and produces a successful fusion of the two. Montgomery’s fantastic juxtapositions provide a format through which he explores the relationship between the viewer and the painting and. one suspects, his own role as a creator of artistic illusions. This Austin-based artist will have his first Dallas showing June 15-July 15 at the Clifford Gallery, 6610 Snider Plaza. Tue-Sat 10-5:30. 363-8223.
Betsy Muller and Andrea Rosenberg both work with paper. Rosenberg folds her hand-dyed papers into minimalist abstractions. Muller, this year’s recipient of the Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award, incorporates etchings and fragments of 100 per cent rag paper into complex collages which, she says, “chronicle a diary’s worth of changes.” The two artists are featured in Concentrations III, June 21-Aug 2 at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Fair Park. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. 421-4188.
Gilda Pervin and Becky Newsome are Dallas artists who share not only a concern with color but a remarkable facility for its manipulation and exploitation. Nevertheless, they pursue their concerns in very different fashions. Newsome’s paintings present dense, controlled areas of color played off one another and expanses of blank canvas. Her work is an exercise in restraint. Pervin, on the other hand, makes a virtue of excess. Embedded within the thick, colored surfaces of her sculpture is a multitude of glitter, cheap jewelry, broken glass, and dime-store trash. Pervin pulls these elements together and makes audacious art. The works of Becky Newsome and Gilda Pervin will show June 20-July 16 at the Mattingly Baker Gallery, 10711 Preston Rd., Suite 100. Tue-Fri 10-6, Sat 11-5. 696-3666.
SEMINARS, EVENTS, ETC.
Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will serve as honorary chairmen for this fourth annual event to benefit the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. June 29 at 7:30 am at Las Colinas Country Club, 4900 N O’Connor, Irving. $5, 16 and under free. 661-3077.
Chisholm Trail Round-Up. This annual event celebrating history’s most famous cattle trail will include armadillo races, a chili cook-off, and a street bazaar. June 12 from 5 pm-2 am, June 13 from 10 am-2 am, & June 14 from noon-sundown at the Fort Worth Stockyards, North Main St and Exchange Ave. For more information, call (817) 336-2491.
Flower Lecture. Learn about roses-their general care and feeding, varieties, and good choices for the Dallas area. June 30 at 12:10 pm at Dallas Public Library, 1954 Commerce. Free. 748-9071, ex 249.
Juneteenth Drama Fest. The Afro-American Artists Alliance will present this open-air production depicting black folklore. June 19 at 1 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr., Library/Learning Center, 2922 Forest Ave. Free. 421-4171.
Wilderness Hike. The hike, which will take place regardless of the weather, will begin at Cedar Bayou Resort, two and two-tenths miles south of the Willis Bridge on State Highway 377 at Lake Texoma. All ages are welcome; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Each participant will receive a Metroplex Trailhopper Award Patch for 1981. June 6 & 7 between 7 & 11 am. All walkers must finish by 6 pm on the day started. $5 registration fee; no charge if you do not desire the award. For more information, call (214) 661-1279, (817) 292-4236. or (817) 460-4889.
Windsurfing Regatta. This third annual event is sponsored by the Dallas/Fort Worth Windsurfer Fleet 88 and Ocean Pacific Sunwear. The regatta will include triangle course racing, slalom, freestyle events, and team buoyball competition, which is a sail-powered version of water polo. June 6 at noon & June 7 at 11 am. Lewisville Lake, I-35 north to the Justin exit and follow the signs east to the lake. $5 fee to race. 245-3466.
Wine Tasting. This tasting of California’s spirits of the vine is presented in cooperation with the Wine Institute of California to benefit Channel 13. Participants will have the opportunity to sample over 100 California wines and talk with wine experts and winery owners. June 21 at 3 pm. NorthPark Mall (west wing). Tickets $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information call 744-1300.
Women’s Success Skills. This multi-dimensional workshop offers practical techniques in juggling the responsibilities of home and career. Exercises will be used to increase self-expression and leadership. June 13 at 1 pm. Brookhaven Medical Plaza, Suite 202 West, 12140 Webbs Chapel Rd. Tickets $25. For more information, call 247-3000 or 350-1316.
International Left-handers Day. View a mirror-writing demonstration by a prominent local lefthander June 20 at 2 pm at Casa View Library, 10355 Ferguson Rd. Free. 328-4113.
Kathy Burks Marionettes. Portrait puppets from the troupe’s antique collection are featured in Jack and the Beanstalk. June 4-11; Thurs, Fris, & Sats at 10:30 am, 1 & 4 pm at Haymarket Theatre, Olla Podrida, 12215 Coit Rd. Tickets $1.75, $1.50 for 15 or more. 233-1958.
Puppet-making. Create your very own monster puppet June 4 at 2:30 pm at Oak Lawn Library, 4100 Cedar Springs. Free. 528-6269.
Puppet Show. See the puppet show, The Prince and the Dragon. Children ages five and up are invited to make a dragon puppet following the show. June 6 at 10:30 am at Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal Ln. Free. 363-5479.
State Fair Midway. Thrill-seekers can ride theComet Coaster and 29 other amusement rides andgames. Others who are less adventurous can enjoythe picnic facilities and live country music. Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day, 1 pm-mid-night. Fair Park grounds. Tickets $2, includes fiveride coupons. Ride coupons, $.20 each.
Summer Reading Club. Children are invited to jointhe club by reading one book and taking the authorand title of the book to a librarian at any Dallas PublicLibrary location. The theme is “Monster Madness”and the movie, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, will be shown at library locations during June.For more information, call 748-9071, ex 249.